Is it Compulsory to Accept Islam for Salvation?

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*❓Is it Compulsory to Accept Islam for Salvation?*
✅The term ‘religion’ (‘Deen’ in Arabic) literally means obedience and following the path and the commands of God. The Arabic word ‘Islam’ means ‘submission’ and is derived from a word meaning ‘peace’.

Islam is not a new religion because ‘submission to the will of God’, i.e. Islam, has always been the only acceptable religion in the sight of God. For this reason, Islam is the true ‘natural religion’, and it is the same eternal message revealed through the ages to all of God’s prophets and messengers. It does not mean that the religion was called on the same name during the time of all Prophets. Even the Qur’an made it clear that “We raised every prophet in the language of his people” (14:4)

The ideology is more important. The main message of all the prophets has always been that there is only One True God and He alone is to be worshipped. All the prophets preached the basic principles of oneness of God, the truthfulness of the prophets, and the afterlife.

These prophets start with Adam and include Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, Solomon, John the Baptist, and Jesus, peace be upon them all. God says in the Holy Quran: “We did not send before you (O Muhammad) any messenger but We revealed to him: ‘none has the right to be worshipped except I, therefore worship Me.’” (Quran 21:25)

From the Qur’an, it becomes clear that anyone, at any time, who has believed on their prophets and has led the best possible life according to it, will be saved and will be rewarded with heaven.

However, Holy Quran also says: “Indeed, the only acceptable religion in the sight of Allah is Islam” (Qur’an 3:19), “And whoever desires other than Islam as religion – never will it be accepted from him, and he, in the Hereafter, will be among the losers” (Qur’an 3:85). These verses of Holy Qur’an make it clear that none of other religions are acceptable completely since the true message of these prophets was either lost or got corrupted over time.

Even the most recent books, the Torah and the Gospel were adulterated and hence they lost their credibility to guide the people to the right path. We can see polytheism, divine pronouncements on the prophets, infallibility of the priests, weird concepts of life after death and heaven/hell, complete exhaustion of material life, injustice, and many other wrong teachings in the non-Islamic religions. If they are all correct, then Prophet Muhammad would not have come to us.

Therefore 600 years after Jesus, God revived the lost message of previous prophets by sending the Prophet Muhammad with His final revelation, the Holy Quran, to all of mankind. Since the Prophet Muhammad was the final prophet, God Himself has promised to preserve His last revealed words so that it is a source of guidance for all humanity till the Last Day. It is now imperative for everyone to believe and follow this final message from God.

The Qur’an gives hope that Allah will forgive our sins by repentance (Quran 39:53). But there are various kinds of sins. The most serious of these is the ‘Shirk’ or the Polytheism. There is no greater sin than dedicating our worship to someone other than Allah, the Creator, and the Protector. The Qur’an teaches that whosoever disobeys God and does ‘shirk’, Paradise will be forbidden to him (Quran 5:75)

Since the last prophet was appointed confirming all the good in other religions and revised all the bad, it is only the way of salvation to accept his blissful and flawless message.

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